The Sydney Roosters have fallen short 30-18 to the Penrith Panthers in their first hit-out of the pre-season.
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It was a great start for the young Roosters outfit that was rewarded with points through Joseph Manu, scoring the opening try on the back of some nice ball movement.
The Penrith Panthers his back almost immediately through Wayde Egan out of dummy-half right next to the sticks..
Another try in quick succession to the Panthers through Maika Sivo was awarded after he caught our defence short out wide.
Paul Momirovski did well to score next for the Roosters on the left edge to level the scores, only for the party to be spoiled minutes later when Panthers Moses Leota scored from a deflection.
Tyrone Peachey split the defence and sprinted 50 metres to score the next one and put his side up by ten at the break.
The Roosters almost completely changed their line-up in the second half, but one of our constants and new recruits Reece Robinson opened the second half scoring on the wing to bring it to within a converted try.
Penrith scored two more tries to take it outside of comeback distance over the following twenty minutes as the young Roosters outfit struggled to gel.
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Dean Matterson scored one final try near the buzzer, but it was nothing but a consolation.